ನಮಿಪೆ ಶ್ರೀಪಾದರಾಯರಿಗೆ ನಮನ ವ್ಯಾಸ ಯೋಗಿಗೆ
ಶ್ರೀ ಪುರಂದರ ಗುರುವರಗೆ ಬಳಿಕ ವಿಜಯದಾಸರಿಗೆ
6th February, 2008, is Pushya bahuLa amavasye – the new moon day in the dark half of the lunar month of Pushya. This is the day Purandara Aradhane is celebrated.
The saint, musician, composer, social reformer – all in one- Purandara Dasa departed from this earth on this day in the year 1564 AD. Every year, music lovers congregate on this day and sing compositions of Purandara Dasa, and other hari dasas.
Purandara Dasa is termed the “Pitamaha of Karnataka Sangeeta”. As per tradition, he was the one who made the system of teaching early lessons to music students. This tradition is continuing since his time.
His own guru Sri Vyasaraya says: “ದಾಸರೆಂದರೆ, ಪುರಂದರ ದಾಸರಯ್ಯ” – If one becomes a dAsa, he should be like Purandara dAsa! What is better than being praised by one’s own teacher?
Purandara Dasa has composed thousands of padas (ಪದ), ugabhOgas (ಉಗಾಭೋಗ) and sulAdis (ಸುಳಾದಿ).
I ugabhogas very interesting. A very concise way of getting to the point – in a few short lines. I wonder if hari dasas were influenced by Basavanna and other shiva sharaNas when they sang these ugaabhogas.
Here is one ugaabhoga of Purandara Dasa, and its translation.
ಬೆಲ್ಲದ ಕಟ್ಟೆಯ ಕಟ್ಟಿ ಬೇವಿನ ಬೀಜವ ಬಿತ್ತಿ ಜೇನು ಮಳೆಗರೆದರೆ ವಿಷ ಹೋಗುವುದೇನಯ್ಯ
ಏನು ನೋಡಿದರೇನು ಏನು ಮಾಡಿದರೇನು ಮನದೊಳಗಿನ ತಾಮಸ ಮಾಣದನ್ನಕ್ಕ
ಕೊಳಲ ದನಿಗೆ ಸರ್ಪ ತಲೆದೂಗುವಂದದಿ ಇದಕೇನು ಮದ್ದು ಪುರಂದರ ವಿಠಲ?
Here is my attempt in translating this:
After planting a neem seed, does the bitterness go away
If you rain honey and build an embankment of jaggery?
What is the point in doing things or going places
When the inner darkness doesn’t budge?
Like the snake swayng its hood to the tune of the flute,
What is the medicine for this ailment? Oh Purandara Vithala!
Purandara Gurum Vande Dasa Shreshtham Dayanidhim
ಪುರಂದರ ಗುರುಂ ವಂದೇ ದಾಸಶ್ರೇಷ್ಠಂ ದಯಾನಿಧಿಂ
If you understand Kannada, then you might find this talk on Dasa Sahitya interesting.